ASU Staff Excellence Recipients Announced
February 21, 2013
(L to R) Dallas Swafford, Dennis Block, Melody Kelley and Nancy Budewig
Block, a research technician with the Department of Agriculture, received the President’s Award for Commitment to Excellence. Budewig, office coordinator for the Physical Therapy Program, earned the President’s Award for Customer Service. Kelley, office coordinator for the Department of Mathematics and Computer Science, was recognized with the President’s Award for Excellence in Innovation. Swafford, associate director of admissions, received the President’s Award for Excellence in Leadership.
The honorees were selected from 35 non-teaching employees nominated by their ASU peers. Four awards are given each spring semester to recognize non-teaching staff members whose job performance exceeded the customary standards or who exhibited outstanding skill or dedication while performing special projects during the preceding calendar year. The recipients receive a $1,000 honorarium and a presentation piece.
Block, who oversees the daily operations for the University Ranch and MIR Center, was recognized for his willingness to take on new assignments at the ranch, always demonstrative a positive attitude and an eagerness to achieve. With his new responsibilities, he has implemented steps that have improved efficiencies and outcomes at the facility.
Budewig was lauded for her servant attitude with all who come in contact with her as well as for her eye for detail and impeccable follow through on her assignments. She was praised for her patience and skill in assisting applicants for the PT Program and in helping students once they enroll. She was also praised for her role as organizer of the job fair for nursing and physical therapy.
Kelley was honored for doing the job previously handled by two office coordinators and in the process improving both the operations and the efficiencies for math and computer science. Her innovations have improved the department’s management of supplies, inventory monitory, file management, student advisement and monitoring of student degree plans.
Swafford was recognized for her longstanding commitment to ASU as demonstrated by her leadership with numerous committees and organizations. Her strong communications skills have enhanced her leadership and influence in improving programs for the benefit of students. In addition to that, she has been an active staff senator involved in representing the interests of ASU staff.